Fern Ridge Reservior
Fish in the lake consist of crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass and cutthroat trout. The lake is drained in winter to allow for flood control, but the resulting marsh (and wildlife refuge) hosts tree frogs, newts, ospreys, rare purple martins (in spring), black-tailed deer, red foxes, beavers, muskrats, minks, pond turtles, and great blue herons. There are 250 bird species to be observed including tundra swans, northern harriers, Canadian geese, mergansers, and peregrine falcons. Perhaps the most eye-catching are the egrets because of their white plumage and large size.
Fern Ridge is home to multiple parks and yacht clubs, both private and county-managed. During the summer, strong, generally northerly winds develop in the afternoon and usually last until dusk. Because these winds are quite reliable, Fern Ridge has become a popular sailing destination for the nearby population.
Come on out for some fun:
Depth: 35' (10.67 m)
Surface area: 14.06 sq miles (36.42 km²)
Area: 14.06 sq miles (36.42 km²)
Surface elevation: 370 feet (112.78 m)
Outflow: Long Tom River
Also be sure to check out
Alton Baker Park